Transport for London claims the new line will add an estimated £42billion to the UK economy (Picture: Getty)
The long-awaited Elizabeth Line is officially opening on May 24, Transport for London has announced.
It will initially operate as three separate railways, with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield connecting with the central tunnels from this autumn.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘I’m delighted that our world-class new Elizabeth line will be opening to passengers later this month, helping build a better London – one which is safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners.
‘This is the most significant addition to our transport network in decades, and will revolutionise travel across the capital and the South East – as well as delivering a £42 billion boost to the whole UK economy and hundreds of thousands of new homes and jobs.
‘Green public transport is the future and the opening of the Elizabeth line is a landmark moment for our capital and our whole country, particularly in this special Platinum Jubilee year.
‘I’m so proud of this new line and can’t wait for millions of passengers to start riding on the Elizabeth Line from 24 May.’
The Elizabeth line will operate 12 trains per hour between Paddington and Abbey Wood from Monday to Saturday 06:30am to 11pm.
But initially trains will not run on Sundays or call at Bond Street to allow for testing and software updates.
A full timetable won’t be ready until 2023 and the opening still depends on final safety approvals.
There will be a special service on Sunday, June 5 for the Platinum Jubilee weekend running from around 8am to 10pm.
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